Latest Maine state government News

Trump comments raise governor's ire ahead of visit to Maine

Jun. 1, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills urged Republican President Donald Trump to “check the rhetoric at the door" when he pays a visit Friday to a manufacturer of specialized swabs used in testing for the coronavirus. Mills criticized the president’s strident tone during a...

Suit over delayed Maine reopening; Vermont court to resume

May. 31, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

A look at coronavirus-related developments around New England on Sunday. ___ MAINE More than 30 Maine business owners have joined a federal class action lawsuit over the governor's decision to delay the reopening of restaurants in Cumberland, York and Androscoggin counties to stop the spread of the coronavirus. ...

A counter-demonstrator holds up makeshift body bags while separated by police from a protest calling for the repeal of all government restrictions related to concern about the spread of COVID-19, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Judge denies motion in suit over out-of-staters' quarantine

May. 30, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

A look at the coronavirus-related developments around New England on Saturday. MASSACHUSETTS City officials in Boston are concerned that many Asian American residents may not be getting tested for the new coronavirus. Boston’s Chinatown zip code, where half the residents are of Asian descent, is one of...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 photo, automobiles travel on Main Street in Rockland, Maine. The city had proposed shutting down Main Street for the entire month of June to cater to shoppers and diners but concerns from business owners caused officials to scale back the plan. The new plan calls for shutting down the street on just the last two weekends in June. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

After symptoms close state facility, workers test negative

May. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Seven state employees who showed symptoms of COVID-19, leading to a two-day closure of the emergency operations center where they work, tested negative, officials said Friday. The employees worked out of the Maine Emergency Management Agency's operations center in Augusta. Three were...

Diana Rubito, foreground, plays with her son Bryce in the afternoon sun where they had the beach nearly all to themselves Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020 in Auburn, Maine. There were not many people swimming and taking advantage of the ideal weather at Crescent Beach Tuesday.   (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

Emergency operations center shut after workers show symptoms

May. 28, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine temporarily closed its state emergency operations center after seven employees showed coronavirus symptoms, forcing the remaining staff to begin conducting operations remotely on Thursday. The seven workers represented half of the staff working in the center during the...

Diana Rubito, foreground, plays with her son Bryce in the afternoon sun where they had the beach nearly all to themselves Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020 in Auburn, Maine. There were not many people swimming and taking advantage of the ideal weather at Crescent Beach Tuesday.   (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine postpones some reopenings, probes unemployment fraud

May. 27, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor announced Wednesday the state is postponing full reopening of restaurants in some parts of the state because of the risk of coronavirus. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, plans to move the state into its second phase of reopening on June 1. However, she said restaurants...

Diana Rubito, foreground, plays with her son Bryce in the afternoon sun where they had the beach nearly all to themselves Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020 in Auburn, Maine. There were not many people swimming and taking advantage of the ideal weather at Crescent Beach Tuesday.   (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine to beef up contact tracing as virus cases top 2,100

May. 26, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials said Thursday the state will step up its contact tracing capacities with more staff in an effort get a better handle on the coronavirus pandemic. The office of Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is...

Spectrum sues Maine over prorated refunds when service ends

May. 24, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

Cable TV provider Spectrum is suing over a state law that goes into effect next month, requiring it to return a portion of a customer's month bill when service is discontinued. Spectrum Northeast and its parent, Charter Communications, contend its regional billing system is set up differently and that the new law...

Anna Wines, 3, of Bath, Maine, helps carry American flags while her family places new flags next to the gravestone of each veteran at Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Volunteers will place nearly 7,500 new flags near veterans' graves at the 13 cemeteries across Lewiston, Maine, by Memorial Day. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine governor calls for courage in fighting 'unseen' killer

May. 22, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills ordered flags lowered to half-staff Friday as she expressed appreciation for the state’s military veterans — and invoked their courage in the state’s current battle against an unseen enemy. The governor spoke about Mainers who served in past...

Commuters from Peaks Island arrive on the mainland, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Ferry passengers are required to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Governor overruled deputy AG to deny prisoners unemployment

May. 21, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor overruled the opinion of an assistant attorney general in calling for an end to unemployment payments to prisoners, a practice she described as “appalling.” Maine inmates whose work-release jobs were suspended because of the pandemic were paid nearly...